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Ring the Bells of Heaven

Ring the bells of heaven! There is joy today

Author: W. O. Cushing
Tune: [Ring the bells of heaven! there is joy today]
Published in 213 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Ring the bells of heaven!
There is joy today,
For a soul, returning from the wild!
See, the Father meets him out upon the way,
Welcoming His weary, wandering child.

Glory! Glory! How the angels sing:
Glory! Glory! How the loud harps ring!
'Tis the ransomed army, like a mighty sea,
Pealing forth the anthem of the free.

2 Ring the bells of heaven!
There is joy today,
For the wanderer now is reconciled;
Yes, a soul is rescued from his sinful way,
And is born anew, a ransomed child. [Refrain]

3 Ring the bells of heaven!
Spread the feast today!
Angels, swell the glad triumphant strain!
Tell the joyful tidings, bear it far away!
For a precious soul is born again. [Refrain]

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #409

Author: W. O. Cushing

Rv William Orcutt Cushing USA 1823-1902. Born at Hingham, MA, he read the Bible as a teenager and became a follower of the Orthodox Christian school of thought. At age 18 he decided to become a minister, following in his parents theology. His first pastorate was at the Christian Church, Searsburg, NY. He married Hena Proper in 1854. She was a great help to him throughout his ministry. He ministered at several NY locations over the years, including Searsburg, Auburn, Brookley, Buffalo, and Sparta. Hena died in 1870, and he returned to Searsburg, again serving as pastor there. Working diligently with the Sunday school, he was dearly beloved by young and old. Soon after, he developed a creeping paralysis that caused him to lose his… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ring the bells of heaven! There is joy today
Title: Ring the Bells of Heaven
Author: W. O. Cushing
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Glory! Glory! How the angels sing
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Suenen dulces himnos gratos al Señor" by Juan Bautista Cabrera Ivars; Swahili translation: See "Walio mbinguni hufurahi mno"
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Cyber Hymnal #5799
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #409

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #428

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #613

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Hymns of Faith #276

Hymns of the Christian Life #534

New Songs of Inspiration (vol. one) #82

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Rejoice Hymns #367

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Sing Joyfully #509


Small Church Music #2973

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Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #192

The Christian Life Hymnal #269


The Cyber Hymnal #5799

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #372


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #550

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